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- Ancient Rome
- 100BC - 1BC
- Castellammare di Stabia
- Castellammare di Stabia,
- Pompeii, Herculaneum,
Naples National Archeological Museum, Villa Poppaea,
Stabiae, today contained in the modern town of Castellammare di Stabia, was an Ancient Roman town which, along with Pompeii and Herculaneum, was engulfed in lava and ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. In fact, it was during this natural disaster that Pliny the Elder was killed in Stabiae.
Despite originally being discovered in 1749, Stabiae was only completed excavated in 1950, upon which archeologists found the remains of not one, but two ancient civilizations. The older of the two civillisations was that of the Oscan people, who lived there between the 7th and 3rd centuries BC. The main remains from this Italian tribe are contained in a necropolis which houses over 300 tombs.
However, the more famous ruins at Stabiae are the Roman villas which were constructed there in around 89 BC when the town became something of a Roman holiday resort. Amongst these are the 11,000 square foot Villa San Marco with its beautiful frescos and mosaics, Villa Arianna - so named for its magnificent fresco of Ariadne being saved by Dionysus - with its underground tunnel and Villa Del Pastore, which was most likely a bath house.
Stabiae is far less well-known than Pompeii, but offers visitors a great tour of authentic Roman ruins in a quieter environment.
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Address: Stabiae, Passeggiata Archeologica, 80053 Castellammare di Stabia, Camp
Phone: (+39) 081 857 5347
To get to Stabiae by train from Naples and Sorrento, take the Circumvesuviana line to Via Nocera and take Bus 1 Rosso. By car, take Autostrada A3 to the Castellammare di Stabia exit and turn onto Varano.
Stabiae is open daily, 8:30am-5pm (to 7:30pm Apr-Oct). Last entry 1.5hrs before closing. Closed 1 Jan, 1 May and 25 Dec. Entry costs €11. A 3 day pass that also allows access to Pompeii, Oplontis, Herculaneum, Boscoreale is €20.
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